Sunday, 4 June 2017


Hi folks,

finally...I will be fully open again this Tuesday 6th June. The anniversary of D-Day (which was co-incidentally also on a Tuesday). So now we know that the calendar repeats itself exactly after 73 years. It had been beginning to feel like it would be 73 years before I could re-open...

Clearly the threat I suggested in my last post (that I would get Lisa to do the renovations) worked. My shop (which many of you will know as being two small rooms in an old office building) would have taken two tradesmen about two-and-a-half days to fix. It is now, after a month, more-or-less done. I'm beginning to think that my little business was not high on the list of my landlord's priorities...

But all good.

In a fit of optimism I had hoped that this "down-time" from being open would allow me to make decent progress on the long-term jobs (restorations, re-finishes etc.) that I have on the books, but it didn't quite work out that way. I spent more time moving in and out of the shop, moving guitar cases around in my overwhelmed workshop, and searching for parts (for the jobs I actually got to work on) in the storage boxes cluttering my shed, than I did fixing the guitars. So I'm pretty well where I was (with that stuff) before the flood.

My long-standing "one shop, two workshop" strategy has worked fine for the last 12 years. This recent "no shop, one workshop" paradigm has failed miserably.

But enough of this negativity-ism-ness... back to normal this week! Yay!

Be there or be square!


Thursday, 1 June 2017


Hi folks,

yes, that's the good news - I am open again. Phew. My usual hours: 1.00pm - 5.00pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The slightly bad news is that the renovations are still ongoing, and I won't be able to move all of my stock, tools and parts back for a little while yet. I'm basically coming into town each day with a station-wagon load of stuff.

Good news is that you will be able to drop off and collect your guitar-repairs just like in the good-old-days (BTF). Yay!

Other slightly bad news is that I probably won't be able to do on the spot repairs until I have everything back in place (although I did do one today). Most of my parts are still in storage, but I do have a small assortment of switched and jack sockets at the shop, so I will be able to do quick soldering jobs. I'll also have a mobile tool case and a selection of strings and things, so I may be able to do some stuff. Otherwise you can book them in as usual.

One of my regular customers (Ewan) said an interesting thing to me today. He said, "they say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do - you've been doing it every few days for the last month". Yup, that just about sums it up!

But the light at the end of the tunnel is growing (slowly) brighter.

That "slowly" is becoming a matter of some concern. I mentioned in the previous post that the builders were great. They were. This week they have done much less than I'd hoped. Frankly, two guys could knock this job over in two or three days. Lisa renovated our spare room quicker than this, all by herself (while I was fixing guitars). So tomorrow I'm giving them an ultimatum - finish it over the weekend or I'll get Lisa to do it!

Seriously, I can't wait to get my funny little guitar shop back in order so that we can all forget that this whole thing ever happened.

My income has taken a bit of a hit while I've been dancing the open-closed-open-again two-step, I've pretty well exhausted my modest savings (and just spent most of what's left on a couple of parts orders to stock up on essentials), and the phantom government flood assistance grant is nothing of the sort, so there may be a few guitars for sale at bargain prices when I get back open properly!

So. Please drop by, call, email, or send carrier pigeons - I am back in place and all is (almost) well in the world of Andrew Knight Guitars.

Thanks for all your support, good vibes, and patience,